User talk:Hammersoft

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2017–18 North American winter ‎[edit]

I wasn't commenting on what a celebrity said. He was the source. The point is that in the years since the ABC broadcast began, it has never been that cold for the people celebrating in Times Square.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 21:10, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Sure, but plenty of people (and I'm sure many, many celebrities who were there) commented on it being cold. It's fluff. What matters is the cited sources that support the claims already there. What Seacrest said is of no matter. --Hammersoft (talk) 21:15, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm not concerned about Seacrest. But he is a journalist, sort of, which is what I was thinking. If someone meeting Wikipedia's standards (which you're saying he doesn't) does say it was the coldest Times Square celebration since this particular broadcast began, then we can use it, right?— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 21:29, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
Wait, This is the proper place. Now it's kind of obvious if the article says the coldest celebration was in 1917 and this was the second-coldest, but that would be WP:OR. The reader, then, has to arrive at this conclusion on his own.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 21:32, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Well, first he is not a journalist. He attended college to be a journalist, but left college at age 19 to pursue a (now obviously successful) career in broadcasting. He is also not a meteorologist. What he has to say of the weather is of no consequence, regardless of what article it is placed within. Think of it this way; if you were reading the article 2017 eruption of Mount Agung, would you care what Angelina Jolie has to say about it? She's not a volcanologist, nor is she a geologist. What she has to say about it is just meaningless fluff. It's entirely appropriate that he is mentioned at Times_Square_Ball#Broadcasting, but to base information about the weather on him is just meaningless trivia. --Hammersoft (talk) 21:42, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
Okay, he got it from a source and we have to find that source.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 21:43, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

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Need some advice[edit]

Hi Hammersoft. Hope 2018 has been a good one so far. I need some advice on how to best deal with Ganeshprasadkp. I beginning to think that this editor has a WP:CIR issue with respect to image uploads. I first encountered this editor at Wikipedia:Media copyright questions/Archive/2017/December#Non-free derivative works and just figured it was a new editor not famnilair with WP:NFC or WP:IUP. However, this editor has recently uploaded quite a number of files as "own work" when I'm almost certain they are not. They've also uploaded some non-free files which clearly fail NFCC#1. I've tried helping this editor sort things out on their user talk, but it does not seem to be working. All they've bascially done is to convert the non-frees and npd files to CC licenses even though that's probably not going to get the job done. Anyway, perhaps I'm missing something here and these files are not obvious copyvios. I'm trying to give the editor some time to sort things out, but they do not seem to understanding my posts. Not sure how to further proceed here. Any suggestions? -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:23, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

The person is from Bangalore, and while it is extremely likely he is fluent in English, that doesn't mean we speak the same language. Paraphrasing Shaw, "two people separated by a common language". Take this into account. I took a quick look, and found that File:Pavitra-Lokesh-Img.jpg is a screenshot taken from a copyrighted, non-free work. While I was writing this, it's been deleted. I also tagged File:Gurudutt-img.jpg and File:Karibasavaiah-img.jpg as db-f9. They've been deleted now as well. There's a lot of work to do here. 30 more images to be processed. Communicating this to him may be problematic, but the effort should be taken. I'm going to leave him a further message asking him to stop uploading until he takes some time to understand our copyright policies and why you can't just take something from the Internet and upload it here claiming it as your own. If he continues to upload without complying, then we ramp up the warnings. Also, pay attention to the articles where these images exist. It is possible that an effort might be made to host them on Commons. --Hammersoft (talk) 13:51, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for taking a look at this. I am well aware that brevity is not one of my stronger suits, so I was worried that I may have unnecessarily (but unintentionally) confused this editor even more. I thought things might be going south after reading this reply on my user talk. FWIW, I suggested that Ganeshprasadkp go back a reassess their uploads and tag the obvious copyvios with {{db-author}}, but that too seems to have been misunderstood. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:39, 5 January 2018 (UTC)